Volume 14, Number 01
September 18, 2007

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Bilkent Academicians Receive Coveted TÜBİTAK Awards

Two academicians from Bilkent University have been recognized by TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey) for 2007. Dr. Ceyhun Bulutay and Dr. Ergün Yalçın are the recipients of this year's TÜBİTAK Young Scientist Awards.

Dr. Ceyhun Bulutay received his Ph.D. from the Middle East Technical University in 1997. After three years of post-doctoral research at the University of California-Santa Barbara he joined the Physics Department at the University of Essex in 2000. His "Semiconductor Theory Group", involving a post-doctoral researcher and two PhD students, has been working on the carrier dynamics, linear and nonlinear optics and interface chemistry of silicon nanocrystals.

Dr. Ergun Yalçın graduated in 1998 with a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States. After that, he held a visiting position in Bloomington, at Indiana University, in the United States, and then at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He joined the Bilkent University Math Department in 2000. His research has focused on cohomology of groups and group actions on finite complexes. The award was given for his work on cohomology length of p-groups.

IE Students Win Awards and Influence Two Giant Companies!

Two teams from Bilkent University's Industrial Engineering Department ranked first and second in a student project competition at the 27th National Operations Research and Industrial Engineering Conference (YA/EM) in İzmir. In total there were 35 projects from over 20 Turkish universities. "Market Analysis and Network Design for Demijohn Water", a project for the Coca Cola Company that allowed them to successfully introduce their "Damla" brand of bottled water into the Ankara market took first prize. The team was made up of Sezgin Ayabakan, Ayşe Çelik, Ezgi Erdoğan, Ceylan Karakan, Serkan Koçak and Dinçer Konur. The next time you find yourself enjoying a bottle of "Damla", remember that an award winning team of Bilkent students made it possible!

Second prize went to a project entitled "Hybrid System Design for the Distribution of Unilever Products to Retailers with Low Revenue." Efe Burak Bozkaya, Ersin Körpeoğlu,

Emre Nadar, and Derya Sever developed a more streamlined, efficient way of getting Unilever products into more stores. Thanks to this bright group of Bilkent students, the Unilever Company has been able to reach an additional 1182 retailers!

Congratulations to all team members involved! Your hard work has changed the way two major companies do business in Turkey.


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Top-Scoring Students Visit Prof. İhsan Doğramacı

Based on the results announced by the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM), Bilkent University continues to attract Turkey's best students. Last week, our university’s latest group of top-scoring students visited the President of Bilkent University and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Prof. İhsan Doğramacı.

Hocabey pointed out the important role of students in a university, and welcomed them with these words: "If you are decisive there is nothing that you can't do. There is nothing that we wanted and couldn't do." His heart-felt words continued with "Bilkent is your home. Welcome home."

Thirty-three of the 100 students with the highest scores on the 2007 University Entrance Exam (ÖSS-SAY2 and EA2) have chosen to study at Bilkent this year.

The students can download their photographs taken during the ceremony on September 10 from
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An Interview with
Top Scorer Fatih Karataş

Bilkent News has the scoop! We had the opportunity to interview the 2007 University Entrance Exam top scorer Fatih Karataş! Like all newcomers, he was very busy with the Orientation Program in his first week at Bilkent. Fatih, who earned first place in the "equally-rated" score testing, has decided to become part of Bilkent's Economics Department.

So, why did Fatih choose Bilkent? "The main reason I chose Bilkent was because it has better academic and social facilities when compared to other universities in Turkey, and also Bilkent is highly recognized internationally." The warm atmosphere offered by Bilkent during the University selection period also swayed Fatih. He said one-to-one meetings with academicians and campus tours given by the Bilkent student guides were very informative and helped make his decision that much easier!

Fatih was born in Erzurum in 1990 and lived in Bursa for 17 years. He knew he would be successful and one of the top scorers in the university entrance exam. So being the TOP scorer didn't surprise him.

Besides acing exams, Fatih enjoys sports like basketball, football, and table tennis. He also happens to enjoy reading, especially books about history! Congratulations, Fatih! We wish you success in your academic and social life at Bilkent University.

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